According to an article on CNBC, Amazon recently experienced the departure of a key executive in its drone delivery unit. Sean Cassidy, who played a crucial role as the company’s primary liaison with federal regulators, has left the company. What impact could the departure of Sean Cassidy have on Amazon’s drone delivery unit? How does the role of a primary liaison with federal regulators contribute to the success of a company like Amazon in implementing drone delivery services?
According to a CNBC article, a federal court jury has recently determined that Google’s Android app store has been protected by anticompetitive barriers, causing harm to smartphone consumers and software developers. This decision serves as a setback for a key aspect of Google’s technology empire. The case revolved around a payment system within Google’s Play Store, with Epic Games, the creator of Fortnite, accusing Google of abusing its power to stifle competition. Google collects a commission ranging from 15% to 30% on digital transactions within apps. While Google plans to appeal the verdict, the judge will decide what actions the company must take to rectify its illegal conduct in the Play Store. What specific allegations did Epic Games make against Google’s Play Store regarding anticompetitive behavior? How might the jury’s verdict impact Google’s annual profits generated from commissions within the Play Store?
According to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, teenagers in the United States are highly engaged with YouTube and TikTok, with almost 1 in 5 stating that they use these video-streaming apps “almost constantly.” YouTube is the most popular platform among U.S. teens, with 93% of respondents regularly using it. Around 16% of these teens visit or use YouTube “almost constantly.” TikTok follows closely as the second-most popular app, with 63% of teens using it. Snapchat and Instagram, owned by Meta, have usage rates of 60% and 59% respectively. However, Facebook has seen a significant decline in popularity among teens, dropping from 71% in 2014-2015 to 33% today. How does the usage rate of TikTok among different racial and ethnic groups, such as Black, Hispanic, and white teens, differ according to the survey? What are some other social media platforms preferred by teenage boys, aside from YouTube and TikTok, as mentioned in the survey findings?
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